So you want to help. So you want to show support. So you want to do something - anything - that will make you feel like a positive change has occurred. Well, then do it. Here's your chance . . . be bold and take it.
Currently, the Environmental Action Coalition is taking on a new campaign to save Alaskan wild lands. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an expanse of 19 million acres whose most essential heartland is being threatened by big name oil companies. These corporations, such as Exxon, BP Amoco, and ** are determined to gain access to this prisitne territory, even though the amount of oil excavated would last the U.S. no more than a year.
In addition to detroying the land, the drilling would be fatal for a number of native animal and human species. The coastal plains are the migratory grounds for a 165,000 - head Porcupine Caribou herd and the homelands for polar bears, grizzlies, wolves, and others. The Gwich'in, whose entire livelihood relies on the Caribou, are the northernmost Indian tribe in the country.
There are ways to save these people, the land, and all the life that thrives within the two. On April 18th at 7:00 pm in the Morrison Room, Lenny Kohm will be coming to give a slide show presentation on the sacred lands he has spent the last thirteen years trying to protect. Raise your awareness and support the fight - yes, the fight - to save something that, although far and detached from who we are and how we live, is essential to other lives on this earth. Just know that this issue - one entangled with corporate greed and economic gain at the expense of people's and the environment's rights - does exist. You can change this. Write a letter, sign a postcard, come to the slide show - see what is so worth fighting for. By reading this, you now know more and that in itself has made a difference. Things will change. You will help.
Terra Gill, Davidson College EAC